Category Archives: General News

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The Power of Word Imagery

I am watching the Netflix series House of Cards featuring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.  One of the characters is a cub reporter who abandons a bright future at a prestigious newspaper to work outside in the gutter for an … Continue reading

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Talking with author Sarah Norkus

Last week This Common Reader had the good fortune of meeting thrice published author Sarah Norkus.  She took some time away from her writing schedule to have a virtual chat. Check out Ms. Norkus’ books: The Eleventh Summer (a memoir … Continue reading

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Beach Reading for Summer 2012

Here’s This Common Reader’s book list for beach reading this summer. For the guys. On summer break between my junior and senior years at college, I was introduced to George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman series by a friend who wore a Prince … Continue reading

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This Common Reader goes to the library.

Want to know a secret?  A borrowed library book or e-book is cheaper than a book purchased at an upscale book-coffee shop or online.   It’s even less expensive than the bargains you find on the half-price shelf and at second … Continue reading

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What is the What in South Sudan?

Sorry if you’ve heard this from me before, but I am a HUGE David Eggers fan.  According to Wikipedia – that is where I stalk all my heroes – Mr. Eggers is author to several books, owner of the publishing … Continue reading

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Romance Fiction, Be My Valentine

Romance Writers of America reports that romance fiction makes up 13.4% of the $10 billion annual revenue tallied in consumer books.  As they say in that business, that’s a lot of bodice ripping and bosom heaving. The romance fiction publishing … Continue reading

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New Author and e-Publishing

This Common Reader had a conversation with poet and novelist Vernon Wildy, Jr a few weeks back. We talked about why he writes, self-publishing and his new book Nice Guys Finish Last. TCR:  When did you discover you were a … Continue reading

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Celebrate Groundhog Day – Why Not?

Recipes make excellent reading material.  I read them from anywhere – cookbooks, cooking magazines, newspapers, online or handwritten from someone’s recipe box.   Some of the best recipes I have are from the backs of cans.  So, I guess that makes … Continue reading

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Radio Show Features Poetry

If you are not a morning person, you are missing out.  But thanks to the Internet, you can go online and listen anytime to Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. My local public radio station broadcasts The Writer’s Almanac each morning … Continue reading

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